Acer Chromebook R13: A Chromebook for Writers

How many of you here on Medium wished to have a Chromebook just for the writing and other light jobs? Well, it was a hearty desire of most of the writers and curators like us and I always wanted such a device that would not cost much, be good for light tasks and be portable as well.

It appears as if the Acer Chromebook R13 has been designed just for us and people who never need to perform any heavy tasks on their Chromebook.

Let me offer you a detailed review on this and why I would call it a Chromebook for the Writers:

What is Acer Chromebook R13?

Launched almost 2 years back, the Acer Chromebook R13 is a 13-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook from Acer. The 13.3-inch display has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, but it’s set to 1536 x 864 by default. However, it can be cranked up to 2400 x 1350, in case you need it.

Presently, it may cost you around $400, and you can say that this laptop/tablet is a cheap and cheerful device, designed to tackle the basic jobs such as writing, maintaining your excel sheet and watching movies, etc. with minimum fuss. It helps you get streamlined access to Google Docs, Gmail, and distinct web browsers, besides running a handful of Android apps from Google Play.

In fact, if you’re a student or someone on a tight budget who just needs to get some writing done, the Chromebook R13 will likely be just the device you need.

Acer’s Chromebook R13 is a skinny device, made up of a lightweight plastic frame with metal accents. It measures about 326mm x 228mm x 15mm in size and has USB-A, USB-C, HDMI and a microSD card slot on the left. Plus, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and maglock on the right. The Chromebook shows 1.5kg on the weighing scale and I think this is a perfectly portable option for all kinds of users.

For the Writers: The smart 13” screen is good enough for the tasks, and even the compact design with light weight makes it perfect for carrying it with you.

Keyboard Design and Performance:

What makes it so good for the keyboard-oriented jobs is the placement of keys and ease of working on them. The Chromebook R 13’s keyboard offers a lovely typing experience. It has convertible keys that work well because they contain 1.6 mm of travel and require 52 grams of force to actuate.

The smart Chromebook is powered by a MediaTek MT8173C CPU which is clocked at 2.1GHz and is quad-core in nature. This offers it pretty good performance for the lightweight tasks and you would never experience any lag in this. The device also has 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is good enough for most of the light users.

The MediaTek processor also makes it quite good in terms of connectivity and the Wi-Fi module is an 802.11ac unit that supports beamforming. So if your home and office have routers that are relatively modern, you would never need to worry about connectivity.

For the Writers: The keyboard is quite assistive for the writing-related tasks and the device even has adequate power to handle multiple things together; thanks to the MediaTek processor. Even connectivity is not an issue in this.


The Acer Chromebook R13 promises about 11 hours of straight battery backup and I think this is amazing for most of the users. Such a battery back is divine for the writers and I would say, the Chromebook might have been designed to assist the writers. What do you think?



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